Collateral attractions: William Kircher and the California Dreams perform at the One Last Party

~ by Servetus on February 22, 2015.

11 Responses to “Collateral attractions: William Kircher and the California Dreams perform at the One Last Party”

  1. I watched as much as I could last night..For all the hard work these volunteers did, it was kind of a shame some of the actors associated with these films did not pop in..I know there are distances/time constraints, but this event was fan sponsored/funded, it would have been a hoot for them if more could have made it…I look forward to videos and pictures of what I missed…The cosplays were amazing I must say, the video from Mr. Jackson was a nice to see…

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  2. I watched as much as I could last night..For all the hard work these volunteers did, it was kind of a shame some of the actors associated with these films did not pop in..I know there are distances/time constraints, but this event was fan sponsored/funded, it would have been a hoot for them if more could have made it…I look forward to videos and pictures of what I missed…The cosplays were amazing I must say, the video from Mr. Jackson was a nice to see…

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  3. Hmm, it would have been nice, but IMO it would have been expecting a lot. Many of them did just do three weeks of a world-wide press tour for the 3rd Hobbit film in December. So if I were them, I’m not sure I’d want to roust out again for this. Many of them appear regularly at conventions where fans can meet them. And I am assuming Kircher was there because they paid his band’s expenses. But I don’t think the rest of them really could be expected to do this, I have to say.

    For anyone from Australia or New Zealand, the unreimbursed travel cost would have been prohibitive. That knocks out Callen, O’Gorman (filming a Hilary biopic just now), Brophy (who has been working up until last week, I think, and maybe still is), Hambleton, Hadlow, and Hunter (who is filming something else right now in Canberra). McTavish is in the US but he had a prior engagement this weekend (convention in Cincinnati) and is in the middle of filming the new Sylvester Stallone flick.

    It’s also a non-negligible journey from the UK. Of the English actors, Brown is filming “Pirates of the Caribbean” in Australia and Freeman is filming something called “Fun House”. imdb still lists Poldark as “filming,” so if that is true, that would account for Turner. That leaves Evans, Nesbitt and Stott (who has very thoroughly stayed away from almost every fan event, except for two that I am aware of). Ian McKellen did none of the last press round except London, iirc; and I assume Cumberbatch is honeymooning somewhere.

    I think Manu Bennett and Evangeline Lilly are in California (don’t know), and I suppose they could have gone, although they both have families and I assume they prioritize these when they are not filming. Peter Jackson sent a video message, as it looks.

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  4. I know all this, that is why I said time/distance constraints…..Would have been cool though if only to pop in for a few…Twas really nice to see “Bain, son of Bard”.. He was too cute

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  5. John Bell was really sweet last night. I told him I look forward to watching his career blossom and that he should get a part on Outlander. He said he as really trying for an Outlander part. What a nice young man.

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    • Cool! He looked like he was having a wonderful time in the pictures. Want to tell us more?

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      • He’s much taller than he was in the movies, and he is quite thin. When he came out on stage he got a huge response – especially from the younger women (naturally). They lined up to get pictures with him. I spoke to him later in the evening. He’s just a really nice guy from Glasgow. Quite Scots. He was there with his mum, I think.

        I have to say, I always liked his portrayal of Bain in the movies. Actually I liked all Bard’s children. I don’t know what it is about American child actors vs British child actors, but I almost always find British child actors more believable. There is some underlying element of “cutesy” to most young American actors that annoys me. I “believed” Bard’s children, which is a testament to their acting skills.

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        • Interesting — I think it’s neat that he made the effort to come and I’m glad he got lots of attention. I suppose in the “normal” premiere situations someone like that gets less attention paid than the “big” actors do. Re: Bard’s daughters — you probably already know this, but they’re James Nesbitt’s daughters and hadn’t done any acting before that, iirc. I thought it was interesting that the elder one, when interviewed about whether she wanted to be an actor when she grew up, said that she wanted to try tout some other stuff 🙂

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  6. What the NZ actors were doing this weekend: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11406140

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  7. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I wasn’t so dissapointed that the “big names” didn’t show. As fun as it is to see them & get a chance to meet a celebrity, it also changes the mood of the party. At the Premiere Party in Wellington for AUJ, the atmosphere of the room changed immediately when PJ, Andy Serkis, and Elijah Wood entered the room. It was almost frantic as people rushed forward trying to get a glimpse of the stars & get autographs & selfies. When I met John Bell at the LA party this weekend he was standing along the wall by himself watching the crowd. The cast and crew who were there (including this year’s Oscar nominees) were all easily approachable and seemed really glad to chat & be recognized. The highlight of the night for me was getting the chance to meet Tami Lane. She was pretty shocked that she was recognized. I told her I could guarantee there are a lot of Armitage fans that know who she is.

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    • I think that’s a good point — if Armitage had been there, that would definitely change the energy of The Force. I also think it would much less fun for them, since everyone would want to meet / talk to them.

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